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29 August 2017



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29 Aug. 2017: 06 Zilhajja 1438:Vol:8, No:268
SC quashes HC order asking Govt to pay compensation to repair Mosques, shrines damaged in Gujarat 2002 riots
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today set aside Gujarat High Court’s 2012 verdict asking the state Govt to grant compensation for restoration of religious places damaged during the 2002 post-Godhra riots. The court accepted the scheme formulated by the state Govt to provide "ex gratia assistance" of up to Rs 50,000 to all religious places, including mosques and temples, which were damaged or destroyed during the communal riots, on par with the relief granted for destruction of houses.A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Prafulla C Pant referred to apex court verdicts and Article 27 of the Constitution (freedom as to payment of taxes for promotion of a particular religion) and said that substantial part of tax payers money cannot be granted for repairing religious structures."The said scheme has to be appreciated on the anvil of the directions issued in the Prafull Goradia and Archbishop Raphael Cheenath SVDcases (earlier judgements). "In the first case, the 2-judge bench has opined that object of Article 27 is to maintain secularism and the said Article would be violated if the substantial part of entire income tax collected in India, or a substantial part of the entire central excise or the customs duties or sales tax, or a substantial part of any other tax collected in India, were to be utilised for promotion or maintenance of any particular religion or religious denomination...,"CJI Misra, writing the order,said. Gujarat Govt, in its scheme, had proposed to pay ex-gratia assistance of Rs 50,000 for repair of damaged religious structures on the lines of its policy to pay for the houses damaged during riots and put certain conditions like such temples or mosques should not be unauthorised ones.The policy also said that no ex-gratia assistance would be sanctioned to religious places, located in the middle of the public road or at any unauthorised place, and there should be a prior FIR with regard to the damages caused."Person/persons claiming such ex-gratia assistance shall have to satisfy the District Collector of the District in which such religious place is situated about the ownership and/or administration rights of religious places concerned so as to ensure that any person unconnected with a religious place may not claim and receive ex-gratia financial assistance under the Scheme. The decision of the District Collector in this behalf shall be final," the policy said.Approving the Govts scheme, bench said, "we have noticed that the Govt has fixed the maximum amount under the caption of ex-gratia assistance and also conferred the power on the District Collector of the Districts where religious places are situated to determine about the ownership or administration rights of religious places concerned.Setting aside the HC verdict,the SC asked the claimants to approach authorities within 8 weeks and directed that "the authorities shall determine the same within three months from the receipt of the claims."The SC dealt with various aspects and judgements and said, "we find the case hinges on its own facts regarding grant of compensation. The power of the court of judicial review to grant compensation in public law is limited. There cannot be any quarrel about the said proposition of law." It referred to Article 27 which said that no person shall be compelled to pay any taxes for "promotion or maintenance of any particular religion or religious denomination" and said that State cannot grant substantial part of tax-payers money for such purposes. The State is obliged under the Constitution to "treat persons belonging to all faiths and religions with equality. The individual has his freedom to practice the religion as he desires and it is totally immaterial from the perspective of the State," it said, adding "the protection of property and places of worship is an essential part of secularism."However, the SC agreed to the contention that the State cannot be commanded to repair places of worships as this act "will create a dent in the secular fabric and further the expenditure from the state exchequer is impermissible in view of the language employed in the Article 27". State Govt, represented by Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, challenged the HC verdict. HC, while dealing with the PIL filed by NGO Islamic Relief Committee of Gujarat (IRCJ), had passed a slew of directions including the order asking the state Govt "to give compensation in favour of the persons in charge of all the religious places including those of worship, which were damaged during the communal riot of the year 2002 for restoration to the original position, as those existed on the date of destruction." Senior Advocates YH Muchhala and Huzefa Ahmadi, appearing for the respondents, IRCG, contended, among other things, that compensation was being appropriated in lieu of violation of human rights and not for the promotion of any particular religion or religious denomination, and therefore the concept of secularism is not affected. PTI / barandbench
Religious places damaged in Guj riots to get ex-gratia: SC
Compensation to damaged shrines only under Guj govt scheme: SC
Gujarat govt won’t have to rebuild religious structures destroyed in 2002 riots, rules Supreme Court
In his first verdict as CJI, Justice Dipak Misra sets aside Guj HC order on repairs of mosques
What SC has ruled on compensation for religious structures damaged in 2002 Gujarat riots
BABAS & SCAMS
Now CBI looking into case of hundreds of sadhus who allegedly brainwashed, castrated at Dera Sacha Sauda
Dera Sacha Sauda, headed by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan, who was convicted of rape on 25 Aug, is a den of horrors that keeps giving.Apart from reports of women being raped by Singh and the act being described by the euphemism "pitaji ki maafi" in his secretive gufa or cave, at least 2 instances of murder and the forced castration of hundreds of devotees have come to light, all allegedly perpetrated under Singh's instructions.Shortly before the release of Singh's controversial movie MSG: Messenger of God, a former member of the Dera accused the spiritual guru of forcing around 400 men in his ashrams to undergo surgical castration. In a chilling report in The Quint, Hansraj Chauhan describes the ordeal he went through as a 19-year-old in the year 2000, when he was drugged by a compounder with a glass of Pepsi a Dera Sacha Sauda hospital in Gurusar Modiya in Rajasthan's Sri Ganganagar. He woke up two days later to find his testicles wrapped in a bundle of bandages. Since then, he's not been able to indulge in sexual activities for the past 17 years.His predicament, allegedly, was shared by hundreds of other premis (or beloveds, as the male sadhus at the Dera are called), who were spiked with drugs and forced to undergo such a procedure in a bid to keep them celibate and pure. Castration, the men were told, would allow them to get closer to god.CBI is currently looking into these complaints of castration.Ironically, while this sterilisation drive was enforced by the moral police at the ashrams, the chief of the sect presumably indulged his carnal desires, as the stories of several women being raped would attest. If the women were emotionally blackmailed into keeping their silence, the men were allegedly given some drugs every morning to keep them distracted and make them lose control over their will.huffingtonpost
Castration and murder: Other cases against Gurmeet
Gurmeet Singh’s ex-bodyguard says Dera chief got male followers castrated, was closest to Honeypreet Insan
BJP offered my father to withdraw rape cases against him for support in Haryana election: Honeypreet
Dera chief Gurmeet Singh, who was sentenced to 20 years in jail for raping 2 of his disciples, had a deal with BJP to withdraw sexual assault cases against him, claims his daughter. According to a Sandhya Dainik report, his daughter Honeypreet said that the Dera chief had met BJP National chief Amit Shah and had offered votes of his followers in favour of BJP in return of removing rape cases against him.She reportedly said that he first met Anil Jain, one of the national office bearers of BJP, and Anil helped him to arrange a sitting with Amit Shah.She also claimed that her father had ensured Shah the support of BJP in 28 assembly seats.Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan has taken to the twitter to write about the unholy nexus between BJP and Dera chief. Bhushan, sharing a report of National Dastak on the same, wrote on twitter:"Wow! RamRahim's daughter says BJP's deal was that the rape case would be withdrawn for support in Haryana election". southlive
Withdrawal of cases vs votes:Daughter exposes BJP’s deal
Dera violence was planned, coded messages used to trigger violence: Punjab Police
“Tamatar tod do (pluck the tomatoes).”This was the coded message sent to certain Dera Sacha Sauda followers in Bathinda to set off violence on the day the Dera chief, Gurmeet Singh, was convicted, a senior police officer said. In Sangrur, it was “sabji tayyar hai, vartaoni hai (the vegetables are ready, they have to served)” and “labour tayyar hai, nihaan patnian han (workers are ready, the foundation has to be dug)”.Punjab Police have claimed to have uncovered a conspiracy to unleash large-scale violence in Punjab on the day Ram Rahim was convicted, with the arrest of all seven members of a “state-level committee” of Dera followers formed earlier this year to deal with the court verdict. The committee was appointed by a 45-member political wing of the Dera. The members asked Dera followers in each district to form 5-member committees, who chose block-level heads to pick 4 or 5 youths to follow their instructions.According to Tribune Punjab Govt  spokesperson said close to 200 persons had been arrested in connection with the dera violence till this evening. “Police has registered 66 cases of arson and violence and arrested 133 persons. Another 66 persons have been taken into preventive custody,” said Govt spokesperson. The police have recovered 52 petrol bombs from different deras, besides other inflammable material. However, only one.12 bore gun and one revolver have been recovered so far with about 30 live cartridges. Indian express, Tribune
5 cops in Dera chief detail tried to free him, arrested
Dera violence was planned, says police probe
CBI to submit final arguments in murder trials against Dera chief on Sept.6
New Delhi: Sept.16 will be a crucial date for Dera Sacha Sauda chieftain Gurmeet Singh. CBI will submit its final arguments in the case on the said date in both the murder cases hanging fire against the guru. This would mean that the verdict in the two murder trials will shortly be pronounced after final arguments of CBI and guru’s lawyers. It is pertinent to mention here that the Punjab and Haryana High Court last month had set a deadline of three months for the special CBI Court to conclude the trial in the murder of Ram Chander Chhatrapati. economictimes
'I caught Ram Rahim the rapist godman in bed with my wife', claims husband of his adopted daughter
Rapist cult leader Gurmeet Singh, who was sentenced on Monday to 20 years in jail, also had sexual relations with his adopted daughter, woman's estranged husband has told Mail Today. Vishwas Gupta had also moved court in 2011, accusing the Baba of having illicit relations with his wife, Honeypreet, and had sought her judicial custody.Leaders of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect led by Ram Rahim has rejected the allegations, terming them concocted and baseless. DailyMail
18 minor girls taken out from Dera’s campus in Sirsa
Wasn't scared then, not scared now, says woman who unmasked dera chief
Sant Rampal acquitted in 2 cases, awaits judgment in at least eight more
New Delhi:A Hisar court on Tuesday acquitted self-styled godman Sant Rampal in two cases registered against him, after both eyewitnesses and the complainant turned hostile. Briefing reporters outside Hisar Central Jail, where a special court was set up to pronounce the verdict, Rampal’s lawyer A P Singh said: “Sant Rampal has been acquitted in the two criminal case. He has been acquitted in the 2 cases (426 and 427). It’s a victory of truth.”Rampal has been cleared of two charges — obstructing Govt  servants from performing their duty and wrongful confinement of people. He will, however, continue to remain in jail as he faces charges in at least eight other cases, one of which dates back to 2005 where a villager was shot dead in Hisar. indianexpress
‘Ichadhari Baba’ booked for high-profile sex racket in 2010, arrested again in Delhi for cheating
A self-styled godman, earlier arrested from south Delhi in 2010 for allegedly running a high-profile sex racket, has landed in police net again. This time, however, he is accused of cheating people and duping them of money to fight his court cases.Shiv Murat Dwivedi, alias Ichadhari Baba, allegedly duped people of lakhs of rupees by promising them jobs in Govt organisations such as Indian Railways, Indian armed forces, paramilitary services, Food Corporation of India and Public Works Dept, said Romil Baaniya, DCP.Southeast district police arrested the 46-year-old ‘godman’ for allegedly promising a south Delhi woman and her two siblings jobs with IRCTC in lieu of Rs 30 lakh.To convince the woman that it was a real offer, the man even called her to New Delhi Railway Station to show her the future “workplace” and gave her an appointment letter that turned out to be fake. The woman filed an FIR at Amar Colony police station soon after realising that she had been duped.HT
OTHERS
China media says Dera violence 'exposes India's problems' amid Doklam
Beijing:China's media has drawn attention to the recent violence following the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda "godman" Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, which claimed 38 lives, saying it "exposes India's woes" amid the on-going border stand-off at Doklam."It is India's internal affairs to settle the riots, and China hopes the Indian Govt  can quell the unrest soon. But, as Beijing and New Delhi have been locked in the Doklam standoff for some time, we have reason to worry that India may use the border disputes to divert public attention away from the domestic conflicts if the riots escalate," said a Monday commentary in the hawkish Party-run Global Times. Global Times commentary was the latest to do so. Headlined "Riots over sect head conviction expose India's woes", the commentary by Liu Lulu said that the popularity of the Dera sect and the recent violence had "expose[d] the country's serious political and societal problems." Indiatoday
China to India: Learn from Doklam standoff
A day after India and China mutually decided to withdraw their armies from the face-off point in Doklam, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Tuesday asked India to “draw lessons” from the over 70-day standoff. “Chinese military will remain vigilant and firmly defend its national territory and sovereignty following the military stand-off between China and India,” said Wu Qian, a senior PLA colonel. indianexpress
Doklam standoff ends: MEA says Modi to attend BRICS summit in China
New Delhi:PM  Narendra Modi will visit China in the first week of September to attend a summit of BRICS nations, the ministry of external affairs said on Tuesday, a day after the Asian neighbours agreed to pull back troops to end a months-long face-off in the disputed Himalayan region of Doklam.“At the invitation of the President of People’s Republic of China, PM  Modi will visit Xiamen in China’s Fujian province during Sept.3-5, 2017 to attend the 9th BRICS Summit,”MEA said.PTI
Farooq Abdullah reiterates support for Article 35A, says it is a 'non-negotiable article of faith'
Srinagar: NC head Farooq Abdullah on Monday said Article 35A was a "non-negotiable article of faith" for the people of J&K  and that his party was ready to fight every battle to safeguard the state's special status."Article 35A is vital and non-negotiable for the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and those trying to divide us on regional and religious lines to further their agenda will have to be defeated.". "This is a battle for the interests, rights and dignity of every single citizen of J&K, irrespective of his religion, region, language and caste," he said at a party convention in Kupwara district.PTI
NIA grills Geelani’s sons, JKLF chief’s aide in funding case
New Delhi:NIA on Monday questioned Naeem and Naseem Geelani, the sons of hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, for 9 hours in connection with the ongoing probe into terror funding by Pakistan-based terrorist groups to stoke unrest in Kashmir valley.A NIA official, requesting anonymity, said that brothers appeared at the agency headquarters in central Delhi past 10 am.Beside Geelani’s sons, Ghulam Mohammad Bhatt, cashier of Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali’s company, Devinder Singh Behl, a close aide of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, and Noor Muhammad Kalwal were also questioned by the counter-terror agency.HT
2 youth found dead in Shopian
Srinagar:Two unidentified youth were found dead in mysterious circumstances in Shopian district of J&K , police said.The bodies of the youth, believed to be in late teens or early twenties, were recovered near the forest area in Shopian on Tuesday morning, a police official said.He said there were no injury or torture marks on the bodies.PTI
AIMPLB: SC’s privacy ruling to help shield minorities
New Delhi: Describing the Supreme Court's ruling on right to privacy as "historic" the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has said it is a step forward in "constraining Govt al power to shield the fundamental freedoms against legislative majorities". The board said the ruling will "particularly help minorities, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and different sects that often face the trauma of legislative and administrative action based upon majoritarian views"."Judges of the SC have delivered a landmark judgment... on the right to privacy by declaring it to be part of the fundamental rights of every citizen. It has also held that the guarantee of constitutional rights doesn't depend upon their exercise being favourably regarded by the majority," it said."...It has endorsed and upheld the principle that the majoritarian concept does not apply to constitutional rights.""By putting a person's house, their person and their personal lives beyond the reach of the state, the SC has placed most aspects of one's life that are touched by religion beyond the reach of motivated or malicious state action," it said. timesofindia
UP: Madrasas to use students to educate Muslim men about 'correct way to divorce wife'
Agra:With the Supreme Court holding triple talaq illigal, madrasas have begun preparations to educate Muslim men on the "correct way to divorce their wives". Mufti Muddasar Khan, who runs a madrasa in Agra, said they have a full chapter on the correct way of going through a divorce and will ask students to educate others about it.Syed Jamal, who runs a madrassa in Aligarh also said triple talaq was wrong according to Sharia Islamic law. "We want to educate people on the correct manner in which talaq can be effected," he said adding that they would tell their students to spread the message. Maulana Noman Ahmed Azhari, who is lecturer in Albarkat Islamic Research and Training Institute,Aligarh said institute gives cultural and social training to students who come from madrasa. He said that it is true that many people are not aware of the Sharia law and practice it incorrectly. "We will not only train our students well but would motivate them to teach the correct things to others also, as there is an urgent need to end the wrong practices.At present, there are 200 madrassas, including non-recognised ones in Aligarh and 150 in Agra.TOI
Talaq to be part of curriculum in madrassas: Dargah Ala Hazrat
Bareilly : To educate Muslims about the practice of ‘talaq’ after recent Supreme Court ruling on the matter, a leading Dargah of the Sunni sect has decided to include it in the curriculum of madrassas. “There are many safeguards as per the Shariat regarding talaq , but in a majority of cases they are overlooked and people remain unaware of them…Now the right manner of practising ‘talaq’ as per the sunnat will be taught to students of madrassas,” head of Darul Ifta Manzare Islam of Dargah Ala Hazrat, Mufti Sayed Kafil Hashmi said. He said that the syllabus of madrassas linked to Dargah Ala Hazrat is prepared in the light of the Quran and Hadis. This order will be issued to all madrassas as also the ones run by Dargah Ala Hazrat, Hashmi stressed. Dargah has also issued a helpline number for such cases, the Mufti said.  Hashmi said that the Dargah Ala Hazrat has also issued directives to the ulema all over the world to apprise the people of the right way to practise talaq in their speeches at Urs and seminars. PTI
SC verdict on triple talaq attack on Muslim personal law: Trinamool minister
Kolkata: Terming the Supreme Court verdict on triple talaq as "unconstitutional" and an "attack" on Muslim personal law, West Bengal minister Siddiqullah Chowdhury on Monday urged Muslims in the country to continue with the practice. "We respect the Supreme Court and the CJI but the verdict to bar the triple talaq practice is an attack on the century-old Muslim personal law. It is unconstitutional," Chowdhury, who is also the Jamiat Ulema state secretary, said at an event of the organisation's state wing. "Muslims would keep following the order of Quran and Muslim personal law on the triple talaq practice. We do not agree with the verdict of barring talaq for the next 6 months," he said. Claiming the Supreme Court's decision was not unanimous, he hoped the case would go to a 9-judge bench for further discussion. millenniumpost
Triple Talaq Judgment is interference in Shariat: Consultation with Muslim Ulema essential
Hyderabad: Supreme Court’s judgment on Triple Talaq is an open interference in the Shariat of the Muslims. It is imperative on the part of the Govt. to negotiate with the Muslim scholars in order to understand the meanings of the Quran and Hadith.Any person who violates the Quran and the Hadith will no longer be a Muslim. A meeting of the Muslim Ulema and lawyers was held at Sadaqath House, Malakpet on Sunday. It was decided not to support the judgment of the Supreme Court which is interference in the personal laws of the Muslims. During the time of Prophet (PBUH) and the caliphs, the system of pronouncing divorce three times at one sitting was not liked but divorce used to take place.Constitution of India has given freedom to profess any religion and no one has any right to interfere in it. Saffron activists are making an attempt to implement Uniform Civil Code. The present judgment of the Supreme Court is the first step toward it.Siasat
Islam is complete code of conduct and no court could interfere:Ulema discuss triple talaq, J&K's special status
Srinagar:A round table conference organized by the Karwaan-e-Islami held Islam was a complete code of conduct and no court could interfere in it. Conference discussed issues ranging from triple talaq to Kashmir’s special status. Representatives Of Jamait e Ahle Hadees, Jamiat e Islami, Soutul Awliya, Minhaj Ul Islam, Anjuman e Sharia Shaian, Anjuman e Tabligh Ul Islam, Parwan e Wilayat, Ahle Bait Foundation, Itehad Ul Muslimeen, Haqani Memorial Trust, Darul Uloom Raheemi, Ummat e Islami and Jamait e Ahle Sunnat  participated in the conference.  Professor Mohammad Taib Kamili Said: “ Our religion is complete and no court can interfere  in that.” Moulana Masroor Abass Ansari of Itehad Ul Muslimeen said that govt organizations interfere in our religious issues  which is unacceptable. “The aim is to divide the Muslims,” he said. He urged the Muslims to unite.  Moulana Ghulam Rasool Noori of Ahle Bait Foundation said that the anti-Islamic powers had united against Muslims. “But by the grace of Allah, they cannot defeat us,” he said.Aga Syed Hassan Moosavi of Anjuman e Sharia Shaian also stressed need for unity. “We have to follow Quran and Sunnah for our salvation,” he said. Moulana Fayaz Rizvi of Tehreek Soutul Awliya said that  solution to all the problems faced by Muslims lied in Quran. “Follow the Islamic tenets and do not allow outsiders to interfere in our religion,” he said.Other speakers including Moulana Ghulam Mohideen Naqeeb of Minhaj Ul Islam, Moulana Mushtaq Ahmed Veeri of Jamait e Ahle Hadees said Muslims are being humiliated and ridiculed because they do not follow Qurana and Sunnah. Moulana QamaruDin Owaisi of JamaiteAhle Sunnat said that interfarence in Shariah law is interference in religion and we will not accept it on any grounds. Abdul Islam Daga Of Jamaite Islami said Islam is the supreme religion which gives  political, social and economic rights to all the people. greaterkashmir
NHRC notice to Jharkhand on deaths of 52 kids in 30 days
New Delhi: NHRC has issued notice to the Jharkhand Govt  on the reported deaths of 52 infants in 30 days at Jamshedpur’s Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, an official statement said on Monday.Taking sou motu cognizance of media reports, the Commission has observed that the “painful deaths” of children and infants, in such a large number, are a matter of concern.Commission said it has also learnt that the cause of the deaths is reportedly malnutrition.Accordingly, the Commission has issued notice to Jharkhand’s Chief Secretary calling for a report within six weeks.IANS
RSS flag unfurled, prayers chanted at Gandhi Darshan in Raj Ghat
New Delhi: RSS’s intellectual body, Prajna Pravah, held a 2-day meeting last weekend at the Tagore Hall at Gandhi Darshan, which adjoins Mahatma Gandhi’s samadhi at Raj Ghat in New Delhi.At the meeting, which was attended by top RSS leaders, including Mohan Bhagwat, ex-Union minister Murli Manohar Joshi and BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, the RSS’s saffron flag was raised and prayers chanted.“RSS flag was unfurled and prayers were chanted,” RSS pracharak said.Another delegate said, “Significance of this meeting is that the RSS flag was unfurled and prayers chanted at the place built after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.”The Wire
I.Tax Dept warns against cash dealings above Rs. 2 Lakh
New Delhi: Income Tax Department on Monday warned people against cash dealings of Rs. 2 lakh and more, saying any violation of this cap will invite strict penalty under law.In a public message, the department said "accepting Rs. 2 lakh or more in aggregate from a single person in a day for one or more transactions relating to one event or occasion is prohibited". "Similarly, receiving or repaying Rs. 20,000 or more in cash for transfer of immovable property and paying more than Rs.10,000 in cash relating to expenditure of business or profession is also banned."Cash payment prohibited! Contravention may result in levy of penalty! Go cashless. Go clean," the message stated.The tax department has also asked the public to report such violations or those pertaining to black money to their jurisdictional principal commissioner of I-T dept or email the same to blackmoneyinfo@incometax.gov.in. The dept, in the past, has issued similar public advertisements.PTI
Will Aug.31 deadline to link PAN, Aadhaar stay after SC’s privacy ruling?
Officials are unsure if the Aug.31 deadline to link Aadhaar and PAN will hold after the SC ruled last week that privacy was a fundamental right for all Indians.“It’s too early to say,” an Income Tax official said on Tuesday when asked to comment on speculation that the deadline will need to be extended since  Aadhaar case was still to be heard in the Supreme Court.HT
WORLD
HRW: Satellite data show fires burning in Rakhine:Aljazeera
Satellite data accessed by a rights body shows widespread fires burning in at least 10 areas in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, following a military crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya population. Residents and activists have have accused soldiers of shooting indiscriminately at unarmed Rohingya men, women and children and carrying out arson attacks. However, authorities in Myanmar say close to 100 people have been killed since Friday when armed men, reportedly from ARSA, launched a pre-dawn raid on police outposts in the restive region.Myanmar authorities say Rohingya "extremist terrorists" have been setting the fires during fighting with Govt  troops, while Rohingya have blamed soldiers, who have been accused of carrying out extrajudicial killings. A Govt spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment."Burmese Govt  should grant access to independent monitors to determine the sources of fires and assess allegations of human rights violations," HRW saidon Tuesday.HRW said fires have razed 100km of land - an area larger than that burned during a crackdown by Myanmar military following attacks by Rohingya fighters in Oct.2016, when data from the group suggested some 1,500 buildings were destroyed.The locations of the fires correlate with some witness statements and media reports describing blazes deliberately set, the group said."This new satellite data should cause concern and prompt action by donors and UN agencies to urge Burmese Govt to reveal the extent of ongoing destruction in Rakhine State,"Phil Robertson, HRW's deputy Asia director, said ."Shuffling all the blame on insurgents doesn’t spare Burmese Govt from its international obligations to stop abuses and investigate alleged violations." UN believes army's response may amount to ethnic cleansing.
Rohingya crisis: UN human rights official urges Myanmar to rein in security forces
Geneva:The top UN human rights official called on authorities in Myanmar on Tuesday to ensure that the security forces refrain from using disproportionate force against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, condemned coordinated attacks by insurgents on security forces last Friday, but said that the political leadership had a duty to protect all civilians “without discrimination”. More than 8,700 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh since the attacks, Zeid said in a statement. “This turn of events is deplorable. It was predicted and could have been prevented.”Reuters
World 'blind & deaf' to Rohingya muslims plight:Erdogan
Istanbul: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged the international community to step up efforts to help Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority, saying the world was "blind and deaf" to their plight."Unfortunately I can say the world is blind and deaf to what is going on in Myanmar," Erdogan said in a live television interview marking his three years as president. "It does not hear and it does not see," he added. He described the latest flight of refugees towards Bangladesh as an "extremely painful event" and vowed to take up the issue at the UN General Assembly next month.PTI
UN chief 'deeply concerned' over Myanmar violence
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged Myanmar to grant access to humanitarian agencies following reports of mass civilian casualties after raids by security forces against Rohingya insurgents." He is deeply concerned at the reports of civilians being killed during security operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine state," Guterres' office said.Anadolu
Bangladesh offers Myanmar aid against Rohingya rebels
Dhaka:Bangladesh has proposed joint military operations with Myanmar against Rohingya militants fighting in Rakhine state, as the UN raised fears over reports of civilians killed during fresh violence in recent days.An upsurge in fighting in Rakhine, an impoverished state neighbouring Bangladesh, has been raging since Friday when Rohingya militants staged coordinated ambushes against Myanmar’s forces. AFP
Yemen civil war: ‘Houthis and Saleh allies agree to end tensions after deadly clash’, say officials:Reuters
Dubai:Leaders of the Houthi group and loyalists of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, allies in Yemen’s civil war, said on Tuesday they had had agreed to ease tensions between them after three people were killed in a clash. The violence late on Saturday between members of the Iran-aligned Houthis and Saleh loyalists marked a breakdown within the main political coalition fighting the Saudi-backed Govt  of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the 2 1/2-year-old conflict.Aref al-Zouka, head of Saleh’s General People’s Congress (GPC), and Houthi Ansarullah group’s official spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam led delegations at a meeting in the Yemeni capital Sanaa late on Monday. The meeting decided to “remove all causes of the tensions that occurred in the capital Sanaa and to return the security situation to what it was before the activities last week,”two sides said.The 2 fighting groups together rule northern Yemen and have maintained an uneasy alliance throughout a conflict that has killed at least 10,000 people and unleashed hunger and disease. Indianexpress
Over 50 rights groups demand UN probe in Yemen abuses
57 rights groups from around the world demanded a UN inquiry into abuses in Yemen on Tuesday, where a proxy war has killed thousands and fueled a humanitarian crisis.Yemen has been wracked by violence since Iran-backed Houthi rebels and their allies seized vast tracts of territory, including the capital Sanaa.The conflict escalated when a Saudi-led coalition intervened in 2015, exacerbating the crisis that has left millions on the brink of famine and hundreds of thousands suffering from cholera.In a letter to members of the UN Human Rights Council, the 57 signatories called for the creation of an independent body to look into violations and abuses of international human rights and humanitarian laws. aljazeera
Bomber targets Kabul Bank kills 5; 13 civilians, including children, killed in Afghan forces air attack
A suicide bomber has blown himself up at a bank in the Afghan capital, killing at least 5 people and wounding several others, officials say.The bomber hit the entrance to a Kabul Bank branch close to the US embassy and the city's main diplomatic quarter, Najib Danish, an interior ministry spokesman, said on Tuesday.The front side of the Kabul Bank was completely shattered and there was much damage to the fronts of several adjacent businesses. A charred motorcycle with its parts mangled lay on the street.The attack also wounded nine, said Mohammad Salim Rasouli, chief of Kabul hospitals at the Health Ministry. He warned that the casualty toll could rise. The blast occurred on a street lined with shops and banks at a time when many officials were collecting their salaries before the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday at the end of the week.The Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the bomber targeted a section of the bank where soldiers and police were waiting to receive their salaries. In another development, at least 13 civilians, including women and children, were killed in an overnight air attack by Afghan security forces that targeted Taliban in western Herat province, according to Gelani Farhad, spokesman for the provincial governor. Aljazeera
Talks with us suspended, bilateral trips cancelled:Pak
 Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif has said that Islamabad had suspended talks and bilateral visits with Washington as a protest over US President Donald Trump's remarks condemning Pak.Minister told the Senate on Monday that Pakistan had taken Trump's remarks seriously, reports Dawn news. Asif's statement comes amid tense relations between 2 countries following Trump's announcement of his new South Asia policy which was critical of Pakistan. About Trump's South Asia policy, Asif said it envisaged no military role for India in Afghanistan. According to the sources, the Minister said it was rather a role of economic development.  He claimed that India would not be allowed to use Afghan soil to destabilise Pakistan.Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua informed the Senate that a meeting of Pakistan's envoys had been convened from Sept.5 to 7 to chalk out a strategy over the new US policy on South Asia, reports Dawn.IANS
China reaffirms support for Pakistan's Afghan policy
China has reaffirmed its “continuing and firm” support for Pakistan’s efforts to achieve peace and stability in neighboring Afghanistan -- a move seen as a rejection of US President Donald Trump’s recent allegations that Islamabad is harboring terrorists.Chinese special envoy on Afghanistan Deng Xijun, who called on Pak foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua in Islamabad, emphasized there was no military solution to the conflict, according to a statement from Pak foreign ministry.He underlined the need for a politically negotiated settlement through an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process.Anadolu
Former Pak envoy to India calls his country's ambassador to US 'the worst foreign secretary ever'
New Delhi: Ex-Pakistan envoy to India, Abdul Basit, told his country's current envoy to the US, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, that he was Pakistan's "worst foreign secretary ever" and that "his heart is not in the right place".Basit delivered his opinion to Chaudhry in a letter he sent him dated July 5 this year. A copy of the letter has been doing the rounds on social media and Pakistani newspaper Dawn confirmed its authenticity.Chaudhry was Pakistan's foreign secretary until February, at which time he was named the country's ambassador to US."My concern is you would end up being the worst Pakistan ambassador in Washington DC," wrote Basit. timesofindia
Netanyahu on settlements: ‘We’re here to stay forever’
Israeli PM  Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed not to evacuate any settlements in the West Bank of their Zionist occupiers, according to Times ofIsrael.At an event in the illegal settlement of Barkan yesterday, commemorating 50 years of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Netanyahu addressed the crowd, proclaiming:"We’re here to stay forever. This is the inheritance of our ancestors. This is our land."Amid the re-starting of peace negotiations just last week, Netanyahu alleged that stopping settlement activity would not help bring peace, despite the issue being a core demand of Palestinians. middleeastmonitor
US-Israel resume talks on moving embassy to Jerusalem
Israel and the US have resumed talks on the possibility of moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Times of Israel quoted private sources as saying that, on Thursday, Israeli PM Netanyahu discussed the issue of moving the embassy with Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s advisor and son-in-law. Netanyahu’s office said that that talks with Kushner were constructive and substantive and Netanyahu expected that these talks would continue in the upcoming weeks. It added that Netanyahu expressed his appreciation to Trump and his administration for its strong support for Israel.
New Israeli settlement plan in Jerusalem’s Old City
Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan has been seeking “security solutions” to build a new Israeli Jewish settlement near Ras Al-Amoud neighbourhood in Jerusalem, Quds Press reported yesterday.Israeli TV’s Channel 1 reported that the plan includes building hundreds of new settlement units. It cited security issues as having caused the delay.The website reported that the proposed security solutions, including the expansion of security systems in the roads leading up to the planned settlement, are being studied.middleeastmonitor
Arab League body: Israeli occupation seeks to change status quo in Jerusalem
Arab League Educational Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO) yesterday condemned Israeli settlers and Members of the Knesset who opened a synagogue in the Silwan neighbourhood of Batan Al-Hawa to north of Al-Aqsa Mosque. The opening ceremony coincided with a meeting held between US President Donald Trump’s aide Jared Kushner and PA President Mahmoud Abbas.This proves that Israeli occupation, ALECSO said, rejects any peace plan. This is also an attempt to put pressure on the Palestinian leadership and the Palestinians to accept the de facto policies. middleeastmonitor
‘Radical’ outfits in Europe recruiting for Israeli army
Outfits linked to the Israeli army are said to be cropping up all over Europe to enlist voluntary recruits. The outfits  specialising in bringing individuals to Israel operate branches in major European cities including London to provide military experience and also an opportunity to take part in formal combat.While Israel is known to offer tourists, especially from the Jewish diaspora, the opportunity to play the role of Israeli soldier, the revelation by Al Jazeera of a network of recruitment agencies will come as a surprise. Probe was prompted by a Ukrainian Jewish woman who appeared on TV show “Lie Detector” revealing that she worked for the Israeli army and that she had continued to do so. Norwegian journalist, Tarjei Leer Salvesen, described the operation of the recruitment groups which he had been reporting on for some time.
Ex-Egypt envoy: Officials in Cairo seek to damage agreement with Hamas
Ex-Egyptian anvoy Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Fahmy criticised his country’s policy towards Gaza Strip, the abduction of a Palestinian pilgrim and the refusal to allow 17 others to travel to the Hajj.In an interview with Al-Resalah newspaper, Fahmy said:“The abduction of someone in Egypt defames out army and reflects a feeling that it is unable to protect a convoy of pilgrims. Such a smear happened when 4 Palestinians were abducted in Egypt [2 years ago].” Fahmy said this behaviour “damages” the relationship with Gaza and this “is not in the interest of Egypt” and raises concerns that there are “internal sides seeking to damage the latest understandings with Hamas”.Regarding Rafah crossing, he said:“Some claim that it is closed under the pretext that safety of travellers is not guaranteed. This is the worst abuse that our big army cannot protect a number of travellers till they arrive in Cairo Airport.”He added: “I hope that what I have heard is false news. I cannot accept the abuse that our big army is unable to protect a number of travellers. I hope that the understandings [with Hamas] go ahead and do not stop.” middleeastmonitor
Israeli parliamentarians enter al-Aqsa compound:aljazeera
2 right-wing members of the Israeli parliament have entered the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, after PM  Benjamin Netanyahu lifted a 2-year ban prohibiting legislators from visiting the site. Accompanied by heavily-armed police, Yehuda Glick, of Netanyahu's Likud party, and Shuli Mualem-Rafaeli, of the Jewish Home, took to the site early on Tuesday as part of a one-day trial period.Palestinian leaders condemned the move.
Somalia: 10 civilians killed in US-Somalia raid
10 civilians were killed during a US and Somalia Special Forces raid last week according to locals, UPI reported.The raid was conducted on a village near Bariire in search for Al-Shabaab fighters. US Africa Command are still conducting a post-raid investigation into the incident. The attack went on to kill innocent farmers working on their field. middleeastmonitor

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